One of the bad habits we can fall into is to fill up the silence with our words just about the time someone is trying to tell us what they are truly feeling or thinking. Filling up silence with our words is often about our commitment to our assumptions and our own agenda. Jesus, by contrast, is often genuinely curious to hear the other person.
—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus: The Church Planter’s Devotional (Upper Room Books, 2020)
When you’re in a conversation, what helps you cultivate genuine curiosity about the other person?
Join the conversation.
My child, be attentive to my words;
incline your ear to my sayings.
—Proverbs 4:20 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Teach me, Lord Jesus, to listen as you did. Help me to be slow to speak, slow to judge, and quick to hear. Open my ears so that I can sense both the cry for help around me and your Spirit more clearly, that I might follow you more completely. I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus
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We invite you to listen as Pat Luna, retreat leader for The Academy for Spiritual Formation at Camp Sumatanga, reflects on how she is finding—rather than creating—daily life with God. Take a moment to listen here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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